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Grön Restaurant

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 2 reviews )
Contact 09-42893358

Albertinkatu 36, Helsinki, Finland, 00180

Serves meat, vegan options available. Small menu of new Nordic cuisine with emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, served in a simple bistro-like setting. There always a vegan version of its 4-course menu, and individual courses can also be veganized (if not already). Menu changes every couple months. Open Tue-Sat 5:00pm-12:00am.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, European, Nordic, Non-veg

Reviews (2)

First Review by vehka

Amazing seasonal, foraged new nordic meal (vegan) - Edit

We went there last week (early June) and had booked ahead of time via their website and let them know we wanted the vegan meals. The restaurant was quite busy during our meal but the staff were great, and really attentive to us, despite having two large dining parties to attend to.

We got two 4 course vegan meals for 49 Euro each.
Starting with sourdough with spruce salt and sunflower seeds with spruce powder. (So good!) our friend who was with us had a buckwheat based GF bread with her meal. It also came with broad bean dip which was fabulous.

The starter was young asparagus with summer herbs and a special dip (I can't quite remember what it was sorry! -maybe watercress?) but it was delicious.

This was followed by a dish of peas with crispy kale, cabbage and vinegar. (Tasted better than it sounds)

The main was slow roasted carrot steak which had been cooked overnight, with char-grilled carrots and and carrot slices, and mushroom reduction sauce.

The dessert was a foraged spruce shoot 'granita' with pine cream and almond milk cream. Delicious, and great for summer! Pretty unusual.

Before leaving they also brought a coffee chocolate praline with some dried berry powder on top -as a last bite.

The beer we had was a local Finnish organic pilsner which was pretty awesome and a japanese ume plum wine, which was equally fantastic.

A high emphasis on seasonal, high quality ingredients, prepared and presented by the lovely staff. Each dish was introduced by the chefs or serving staff in English for us non-finns which was hugely appreciated, they did a great job.

We were pretty full when we left and didn't feel like the meal had been missing anything. Unique experience for vegan dining in Sweden/Finland and we were really happy with our experience. Fine dining in a comfortable setting with such skilled chefs is a real rarity.

Pros: well composed dishes with foraged ingredients, friendly staff who were awesome, interesting vegan dining experience (really innova

Cons: book ahead to be guaranteed a table

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Innovative food, relaxed setting, light on protein - Edit

Went there on a weeknight in February, and the place was completely full. Despite that, there was an unhurried, efficient and friendly vibe.

While waiting for the starters to arrive, we munched on the delicious sourdough bread baked in-house served with sunflower seed butter.

We had a "nordic hummus" and an onion broth for starters and grilled jerusalem artichokes for the main course. Before the main course, we were given an extra dish of beetroot.

The dishes used wild vegetables for seasoning and garnish, and they were carefully prepared. The staff introduced each dish attentively.

For dessert, we shared a carrot sorbet with almond butter.

On our way out, we were served an extra dessert – two delicious pralines.

There was a selection of organic wines that was sampled thoroughly by the couple sitting next to us – they seemed to enjoy them greatly – but we opted for the APA brewed in a micro-brewery in Western Finland.

Everything cost us 90 euros, quite a reasonable price, we thought.

We really enjoyed our dinner at Grön, even though the food was somewhat lacking in protein. We didn't leave hungry – far from it, but especially the main course would've really benefited from the added contrast of a protein. Even though the jerusalem artichokes were delicious, eating a big pile of them becomes a bit monotonous, no matter how lovingly they are prepared.

Comes recommended, unless you really want your protein in every dish. Then again, there are not really places like this in Helsinki – fine dining in a relaxed setting.

Pros: innovative use of wild veggies, friendly and relaxed vibe, lovingly prepared dishes

Cons: where's my vegan protein?

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